Tim Howard (£6.0m) Everton offer the chance for Fantasy Footballers to earn big points this game week. The Toffees play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday before a mid-week game against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. The American is behind Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Arsenal shot stopper Wojciech Szczesny in the rankings, with 130 points. If you are willing to spend big on a goalkeeper, Howard is a safe pair of hands.
John Stones (£4.2m) Talk of a potential England call-up for the summer is premature, but John Stones does get to make his debut in this column. The Toffees youngster has effortlessly filled the void left by injured Phil Jagielka. The 19-year-old has collected 15 points in his last three games, largely thanks to two clean sheets against Arsenal and Newcastle. He has a great opportunity to claim two more shutouts with games against struggling Sunderland and Palace. He is a steal at £4.2m, too.
Aleksandr Kolarov (£5.1m) The Serbia international is the cheapest member of the Manchester City back-line. Manuel Pellegrini has tended to pick the former Lazio man ahead of Gael Clichy at left-back this season, and the Chilean could opt to select both in order to counter Liverpool’s Glen Johnson on Sunday. He provides a threat with his crossing, as well as from set-pieces. Certainly worth selecting at £5.1m.
Kevin Mirallas (£7.7m) It was a travesty that the Belgium international was denied points after Mikel Arteta was credited with Everton’s third goal last Sunday. The former Olympiacos forward is man in form. Kevin Mirallas has collected 12 points in his last two games, scoring against Fulham. He is a good pick for Fantasy Football players, especially considering his understanding with compatriot Romelu Lukaku.
Yaya Toure (£10.5m) It is a coin flip whether this columnist opted to recommend Yaya Toure or Steven Gerrard. The pair will have a big role to play in the “title decider” at Anfield on Sunday. The Ivorian will cost you £1.1m more, but he is worth the price with City playing twice this week. Toure will be on free-kick and penalty due. He has already earned 203 points this season, and even if he has a rare off day at Anfield, the Ivorian will have the chance to fill his boots against Sunderland.
Romelu Lukaku (£9.1m) Romelu Lukaku is back in the headlines after returning from a spell on the sidelines. The Everton forward, who is on a season-long loan from Chelsea, has scored four goals in his last six Premier League appearances. Lukaku has racked up 41 points in those games, too. The 20-year-old is a no-brainer with this bumper-packed Toffee game week.
Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) The Argentina international will be back in the City squad for the trip to Anfield. If the 25-year-old does have a minimal impact at Liverpool, Pellegrini will almost certainly give Sergio Aguero the chance to rediscover goal-scoring form against Sunderland mid-week. Perhaps a gamble considering his price, but he is a big-game player.
It has to be an Everton or City player this week. If you have Lukaku in your side, he is the best choice given his goal and assist record this season. Otherwise, City’s powerful Toure looks a good option.
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